Michelia Skinneriana

kandhi(z7VA)September 13, 2005

I have 1yr old 2ft michelia skinneriana in 8inch pot root bound.I need to bring the pot indoors this winter. The plant is healthy with several blooms but needs watering every 3days. Is it good time to change the pot and move the plant to 10inch container or wait until next spring. I dont want to give the plant transplant shock at this time?

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Hello kandhi
From my experience early fall and late spring are the best time to transplant here in Santa Clara, Ca. My Michelia's growth generally slows down during the middle of November. In transplanting Michelia during the fall (60 days of 65-70+ degrees) I move the whole root ball intact to the new pot with a slow release fertilizer at the bottom, with a pencil I slowly spread the roots around the perimeter and bottom slightly trying not to break any roots before filling the pot up with new soil. Hopefully my experiences will help you decide whether to transplant or not.

    Bookmark   September 15, 2005 at 1:39AM
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Cal, It is in 70's temp now, I am afraid I might kill it by repotting. Below is my plant that looks very healthy, I hope to maintain it in that container until next spring,is rootbound not good for michelia?, below is the pic I took today

    Bookmark   September 16, 2005 at 7:18PM
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Hi Kandhi
Nice plant! Something to be aware of, a very root bound plant can prevent water from penetrating the soil or it can prevent the water from flowing out of the pot. In the first case the plant does not get enough water and in the second case too much water.

    Bookmark   September 16, 2005 at 11:24PM
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Nice plant! How about the fragrance? Can you describe or compare it?

    Bookmark   September 17, 2005 at 4:44PM
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the plant is still blooming. The fragrance is like ripe banana. The plant is indoors now and 1 bloom perfumes the whole room.

    Bookmark   October 22, 2005 at 10:03PM
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nomadic(z8 PNW)

Mmm. Looks very healthy and well tended, too.

    Bookmark   October 22, 2005 at 10:31PM
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